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“For a Few Dollars More” - {Blu-Ray}
Reviewer:
Daniel Ruwe
Studio: MGM/UA
Genre:
Action
Release Date:
8/2/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

For a Few Dollars More is the second installment in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy, and reunites director Leone, composer Ennio Morricone, and star Clint Eastwood. With names like that on board, it’s hard to miss. For a Few Dollars More is a good film (Leone didn’t make bad ones), and is a major step up from its prequel A Fistful Of Dollars. ***

Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef (Van Cleef would also appear in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as the evil Angel Eyes) star as the Man With No Name (nicknamed Manco in this movie) and Colonel Mortimer, bounty hunters who team up to take down El Indio, an intelligent, ruthless criminal. ***

As in all of Leone’s movies, all the main players are smart, cunning, and quirky. Eastwood’s Manco (“one-armed” in Spanish) is so named because he does everything with his left hand, leaving his right free to draw. Indio has a musical watch he plays before duels—when the chimes end, the battle begins. ***

Manco and the Colonel go undercover and join Indio’s gang. As is usual in Leone movies, things get complicated from there. Indio has a pretty good idea of who they are, but isn’t opposed to the idea of letting them kill some of his less essential men for him, Mortimer wants revenge while Manco wants money, some of Indio’s men are suspicious of his long term plans for them…it’s complicated. ***

For a Few Dollars More is similar in many ways to its prequel, but it shows a more mature Leone who is refining his style. He mostly eschews the slow motion pans that characterized his earlier movie in favor of the clever editing that would mark his later movies. ***

Composer Ennio Morricone collaborated with Leone on all his movies. His score became an integral part of the movie, to the point it is literally impossible to imagine one working without the other. His score is as bleakly evocative as ever here, his music stretching the tension to the breaking point. ***

Leone was not always appreciated in his time. His brand of spaghetti Western were given little respect by critics, and his long movies were often chopped down by studio executives. His movies and reputation have aged well, and now it is fair to say his work is essential to anyone who enjoys Westerns or cinema in general. For a Few Dollars More is not Leone’s best movie, but it shows him maturing as a director, and in any case is a great film in its own right. ***

Audio and Video: This films looks really good on Blu-Ray. Every scene is very clear, and the warm colors jump out at you. The audio is just as good, with each note of Morricone’s score and every gunshot crystal clear. ***

Special Features:

The Christopher Frayling Archives - posters, documents, and scripts, and the stories behind them. ***

A New Standard - Frayling on For A Few Dollars More : Frayling discusses Leone's emerging confidence as a director.***

Back For More - Clint Eastwood Remembers For A Few Dollars More : Featurette with Eastwood

· Tre Voci - For A Few Dollars More (11:05): Alberto Grimaldi, Sergio Donati, and Mickey Knox and their contributions to the film.***

· For A Few Dollars More - The Original American Release Version : For the film's 1965 U.S. release, United Artists trimmed three scenes to conform with the "Man With No Name" marketing.

· Location Comparisons: Comparisons between locations.***

12 Radio Spots : radio spots over production stills.***

Final Words:

Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, and Clint Eastwood. Any movie with that combination is good ipso facto. The Blu-Ray transfer looks really good, making his movie very much worth having.

 

 
 
 
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